Kitchen Before & After: A Small Galley Kitchen Gets an Eco-Friendly Update

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When Kitchn reader Nathalie bought her house ten years ago, the small 10x6 galley kitchen wasn't anything to write home about. It was "barely functional, and completely uninspiring," she told us. She tried to improve it by painting the walls red, but there was no denying the lack of both counter and storage space. Finally, after many years of saving, she hired a contractor and remodeled the whole thing, opting for eco-friendly materials every step of the way:

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So great! I love the reclaimed barn wood wall (shown below). Here's what Nathalie says about the renovation:

We wanted everything to be eco-friendly, so we insulated our walls with blue jeans (aka denim insulation), used all no-VOC paints and finishes, bamboo cabinetry, and a non-porous counter surface made from natural quartz that, unlike granite, would not off-gas.

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We used reclaimed wood from old barns to line a whole wall, and, for the backsplash, laid Heath tiles that couldn't be sold at retail because they were slightly damaged. The nicks and imperfections actually give it character and looks better than the perfect ones.

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We couldn't be more pleased with the results, and we love the space.

You can read more about Nathalie's kitchen renovation and see more photos at her blog, Vanille Verte!

Thanks so much for sharing, Nathalie!

(Images: Nathalie Fraise of Vanille Verte via The Kitchn's submission form)